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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Introduction to Shock-Wave/Boundary-Layer Interactions


    Holger Babinsky originates from Bavaria and studied Aerospace Engineering at Stuttgart University in Germany. He obtained a PhD in hypersonic aerodynamics from Cranfield University (UK) in 1994. After 18 months as Research Associate at the Shock Wave Research Centre of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan he returned to the UK to take up a position at the University of Cambridge. He is now Deputy Head of the Engineering Department, Professor of Aerodynamics and Chair of the Fluids Group as well as a Fellow of Magdalene College. His main areas of research are in the field of experimental aerodynamics and associated measurement techniques. Apart from shock wave/boundary layer interactions, which he has studied for more than 20 years, his current research includes the aerodynamics of micro-air vehicles, road vehicles, wind turbines and flow control for transonic aircraft wings and supersonic engine inlets. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of several RSO (NATO) advisory groups. He has supervised more than 30 PhD students, authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in international scientific journals and contributed over 100 papers to archival conference proceedings. He has received a number of awards for his teaching, including Cambridge University’s Pilkington Prize. He has co-authored (with Professor John Harvey, ex Imperial College) the first textbook on shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions, which is currently being translated into Chinese.